The Least Bittern is an extremely reclusive bird that is rarely seen in the open. This series is the only time I've seen this bird in the clear all year. Pictured is a breeding female.
Least Bittern female playing "pole dancer".
Least Bittern female "walking the reeds."
Least Bittern female clings to a windblown reed.
Least Bittern Male
The Least Bittern is a very reclusive bird who spends most of his time hiding in the marsh plants. This bold fella actually peeked his head out for a very brief moment.
A rare close up opportunity of a Least Bittern female trying to hide in a red maple tree.
Least Bittern female attempting to hide in a red maple.
An elusive American Bittern stalks through the grasses in search of food.
The American Bittern's best defense is to stand motionless inthe grass while holding its head skyward. With its nearly perfect coloration the bird just blends into the grass.
Limpkin perched on dead stump